Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (112 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe
Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.
Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.
To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?
He’s claustrophobic and afraid of the dark so it’s no cup of tea when he finds himself stuck in elevator with no power…
The subject matter that this author chose was what caught my eye. I, too, am claustrophobic and hate the dark. I just had to see how she worked those fears into a story and where she went with it. She has created a very entertaining story with it.
Caden is a loner with secrets and has no desire to get involved with people. He’s not overly thrilled with being caught in an elevator and having a panic attack, but at least it’s dark and she can’t see him. Once he calms down, he decides that being stuck with an attractive female is about as good as it’s going to get.
Makenna only saw his tattooed hand hold the elevator door for her and she’s had a dreadful day already. Then the finishing touch happens; the elevator goes dark and quits working.
The author creates an interesting situation here. It’s the end of the day and there’s no one left in the building. How long they will be stuck is unknown. They can’t see each other and don’t know who they are stuck with. She builds tension between the two characters, and then defuses it with conversation.
I found it interesting that being in the elevator in dark made it almost like a confessional. They each talked easily, got into some deep issues, and became friends in a short period of time. I know danger can make people bond, and that’s the premise this author used in her story.
It was almost like reading a play. The majority of the story in the elevator is like a stage set where nothing changes until the act was done. The sexual tension picks up, but the moments get broken up each time they begin to kiss. You find yourself rooting for Caden and Makenna to get together, despite their external differences.
I really enjoyed reading this story. Ms. Kaye took an impossible situation and made the most of it. I hope to read more of her work.